Lost: ALL CHILL.
If you find it please let me know I’ve been desperately looking for it since I’ve finished this book.
So I may or may not have started this book on Halloween…and I’ve kind of finished it in the last half of November…DANG YOU MANDATORY SCHOOL READING I SHALL STAB YOUR KNEECAPS!!…Ahem ignore my very lovely relationship with the education system it’s not like I am secretly plotting turning into a dragon and eating everyone.
…back to the book review that’s what we’re here for focus Ioana.
THIS BOOKS WAS EVERYTHING I’VE EVER WANTED AND SO SO SO MUCH MORE.
My synopsis: Queer witches and weird mythology and mysterious atmosphere and blurred lines between fantasy and contemporary.
Conclusion: this book was written for me and I am pretty sure my name is on it just from that description alone.
- no but really what DIDN’T I LIKE?
Let me start at the begging because I’ve heard that’s always a good place to start.
- The writing was incredibly atmospheric. I could SEE the misty forest and the country side and the houses and the FEEL of it.
- I want most of this book’s beautiful words tattooed on my face.
- The lost things are adorably frustrating. As someone who regularly loses everything (mostly my chill, my memory of how too spell properly, my phone, hair ties, my head someday probably and the pen I was just using 3 seconds ago) it was really frustrating seeing all of the lost things. It hurt my little feelings when the makeup bag was lost because I would’ve freaked or screamed or turned into a raging monster in search for expensive mascara if that happened to me.
- The magic. Look as someone that lives in a country where witches are on TV regularly and people believe in magic to some degree I really appreciated it. I love contemporary magic. Regular words and home made spells and incantations are SO INTERESTING TO ME OK.
Ever planted wheat in a yogurt container on St. Andrew for good luck?
Ever wore something red or spit to ward off the curse that comes from too much praise?
Ever slept with flowers under your pillow on the day you celebrate faeries in hopes of dreaming about your future husband?
(I’ll probably dream of books and books and possibly chocolate because apparently eating your husband isn’t socially acceptable?? #rude)
These are things and customs I’ve grown up with and I still look forward to planting wheat with my grandma every year even now. Growing up seeing witches on the news I ADOREEE reading books about this stuff ok. I don’t think anyone really believes in it anymore but…we do a bit?? I mean..it’s just there existing alongside smartphones and the internet and people here still do these things.
- HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BEING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!! Yes teens smoke sometimes and go to parties sometimes and wear tones of makeup sometimes and are both stupid and smart AT THE SAME TIME sometimes. And I’m glad I got to see some high school students that acted more like the students in MY high school. Realistic.
- Parents are here…Sometimes…But THEY ARE ALIVE...mostly. I was so glad to see Olive had a great relationship with her parents. It was heartwarming especially since I also have a close relationship with my parentals and FINALLY SOMEONE GETS GROUNDED AND HAS A CURFEW because what’s with all those unrealistic expectation my mom wouldn’t let me alone with my friends at night in the forest either.
- QUEER WITCHES ARE WHAT I LIVE FOR. GIVE ME MORE WOMAN LOVING WOMAN WITCHES KTHX THEY ARE A BLESSING TO THE WORLD.
- Also girls have different body types and skin colors and one has a disability AND I’M SO GLAD people like that can see themselves represented in badass girls that do magic. Two of the girls are SAID to be curvy and IT’S FINE an they are BEAUTIFUL and Olive is deaf in one ear and has a hearing aid.
- DID I SAY THIS WAS SET IN IRELAND?? . Look as I said before I have a small (read BIG) particularity for books set in England, Scotland, Ireland all that good stuff. It’s a given that if your book is set in one of the above your book is 500 times better sorry I don’t make the rules.
- The plot had so much strange weird-y goodness. And I cannot even explain it because I didn’t know anything about it before reading it except the synopsis and the SYNOPSIS KIND OF LIES KIDS never trust synopsis they will betray you.
- The fact that I kinda figured out the “plot twist” wayyy before the end. Though it still did satisfy me greatly when it turned out I was right HA. Yes it didn’t ruin the story for me at all (though it usually would’ve).
- THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT POVs IN THIS BOOK. Whyyyyyy? Ok I get why but at first it was literal PAIN to get trough. I confused the characters about 500 times before I got their names down. And that happened when I was in the middle of the book.
- Ivy needed her own POV! Ok wait I KNOWWWW I’m now contradicting myself BUT. I ended up not really knowing much about her and not sympathizing with her at all. Or maybe we should’ve gotten snippets of her mom’s POV in the present. That would’ve helped me CARE about her at all at the end.
OVERALL: I’ve lost all chill and this is my second favorite book I’ve read this year. I shall now go read anything this author ever writes or has written in the history of ever and put lavender in socks and light some candles.
One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.
Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.
When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .